You'll be soaking up new moves left and right when you stop by Totowa's East Coast Movement.
Get down with some dancing! East Coast Movement offers several different forms so you can tweak your technique to a T.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Most Popular Service: Soap-making classes
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Q&A with La Shonda Tyree, Owner/Lead Instructor
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
Hands-on classes, and small class sizes.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
I'm a certified advanced soap-maker.
What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
That I make and teach soap-making full time. And many people are surprised to learn that there is actually a fragrance for soap called "monkey farts."
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The building the classes are held in is a reclaimed 19th century mill that has been converted into artist studios. It's located in the Great Falls Historic District of Paterson, home of the Great Falls National Park.
Whether you're locking eyes with one of his tiger portraits or attending his pencil-drawing class, one can't help but ask: how does Jerry Winick find the time? His own artwork alone is an exercise in patience, as his pencil drawings can take up to three months to finish. They capture animal faces and Brooklyn streets with striking detail and clarity, so much so that people often believe they're looking at photographs. But, in addition to sketching out these award-winning snapshots, Jerry also runs Pencilworks Studio, a venue for burgeoning artists to mingle and learn.
Here, he leads classes in his chosen medium—pencil—for both children and adults. His personalized instructions help students reproduce a photo on paper, all without tracing or resorting to the Xerox machine they've hidden under their shirt. The studio hosts other workshops as well, helmed by Karen and other professional artists. Depending on their area of expertise, instructors can teach guests how to work with watercolors or experiment with different cartooning techniques. Karen also arranges birthday painting parties for kids, BYOB Paint Nights and Team Building events for corporations.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
A fun, social, group setting, with an artist to guide you step by step in replicating the nights featured painting.
The event times vary but we suggest arriving 30 minutes early to get the seat of your choice. Events are 2 1/2 – 3 hours with frequent breaks. www.uncorkedbrush.com
What is the experience customers can expect?
We provide the Artist, Canvas, Paint, Brushes, Easels, and Aprons. Refreshments and alcohol are not included. Though we are called Uncorked Brush, we do not require our patrons to drink alcohol – only provide the option to enjoy whatever alcoholic beverage they bring.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
The inspiration of Unkorked Brush is to raise money for a non-profit organization that dedicates its time and members to service throughout the community and across various other non-profit organizations. .
What do you love most about your job?
The love of this job comes from the ability to raise money for organizations that have a mission of bettering our society and building awareness for other causes.